Q&A with model Hunter Essex from Crawford Model Management.
Q&A with model Hunter Essex from Crawford Model Management.
We first met model Matthew Bartow on a Ponyboy editorial…
Model Matthew Bartow from Red Model Management New York photographed in vintage and designer punk/new wave inspired clothing for Ponyboy magazine menswear editorial “Neat Neat Neat!”.
“Fade To Grey” is the name of our latest Ponyboy menswear editorial, a song title from the new romantic band Visage, fronted by style icon Steve Strange.
Our latest menswear editorial featuring 20 year old male model Casey Jackson, from New York Model Management.
For our latest men’s Spring editorial, we really didn’t want just another pretty boy, as our style inspiration for this spread was based on Tim Polecat, the iconic frontman for 80’s neo-rockabilly UK band The Polecats. So, model Lyle Lodwick was the perfect fit for this shoot. We’ve long been fans of Lyle with his characteristic quirky good looks, reminiscent of a young Johnny Lydon or Duckie from Pretty in Pink. Lyle’s modeling career has been quite extraordinary with campaigns for designers including Marc Jacobs, Costume National, Balenciaga, Sisley, Barney’s and Uniqlo. He has also been featured in numerous high-end editorials for various international fashion magazines. Lyle has his own unique personal style and is also a very talented musician, as a member of the New York band Shining Mirrors.
Fashion editor/stylist Xina Giatas mixed colorful vintage pieces along with key items from some spring menswear collections, including Duckie Brown, Antonio Azzuolo and Maison Kitsuné. Our beauty editor James Vincent gave Lyle a hint of a colorful 80s new wave eye using Ardency Inn cosmetics. Hairstylist Matthew Tuozzoli had his work cut out for him. Lyle showed up with chin length hair, so getting that perfect pompadour was a bit of a challenge! But we were thrilled with the results. Read our interview with Lyle below. Photography Alexander Thompson.
PONYBOY: Lyle, please tell our readers about your background. Where were you raised?
LYLE LODWICK: I grew up in Baltimore County in Lutherville, Maryland, the same place as John Waters and Divine. My high school was across the street from Divine’s grave, so we used to smoke pot and pay our respects at her grave. I started playing music at around age fourteen and have been in about ten bands since. Baltimore county was full of bands, so I often found myself putting shows together, booking the bands and venue, as well as doing the lights, sound, and promotion. I knew then that I wanted that to be my life’s work. And since then I’ve found many other things I enjoy doing, but playing music and entertaining always takes the cake.
PONYBOY: What was family life like for you?
LYLE LODWICK: The first music I ever heard came blaring out of my father’s 1960’s Wurlitzer jukebox. He’s been buying and selling records since he was in his early twenties. So, needless to say, music has been a huge part of my upbringing. My grandfather owned some record stores, and it was in one of these shops that my mother and father met. And my brother and sister had a huge effect on me musically, as you tend to get hand me downs being the youngest one, anything from tapes and cd’s to mp3. I basically had what they had.
PONYBOY: What brought you to New York City?
LYLE LODWICK: I came to New York to work as my brother’s assistant when he ran Vimeo. I had always loved New York City and definitely knew that if I wanted to do something on a global scale, this was the place to be, especially in 2008, as things were booming in New York musically and creatively. This city was the pearl in the oyster that is the World.
PONYBOY: And how did you get into modeling?
LYLE LODWICK: One of my first tasks when I moved to New York was to film backstage at the tents at Bryant Park during Fashion Week. Everyone was like, “you should model.” And so I did. My friend Christian Strobel introduced me to Barbara Pfister, who became my mother agent. Barbara booked me to shoot with photographer Ryan McGinley. Shortly after that, I was in the Sigur Ros music video for Gobbledigook, and then went to Europe, where my modeling career really took off.
PONYBOY: You’ve been photographed for so many high-end magazine editorials and campaigns, by great photographers. What was that like for you?
LYLE LODWICK: It was crazy. Much of that success can be attributed to Allister Mackie, from publications Another Man and Dazed & Confused. He’s an international menswear stylist who has more influence on the good side of contemporary fashion than almost anyone else. He put me forward, opening Lanvin, John Varvatos, Marc By Marc Jacobs, as well as magazine editorials for Dazed & Confused, Another Man, and many more.
PONYBOY: What are your thoughts on the world of male modeling? Have you had positive experiences overall?
LYLE LODWICK: I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. For all the good, there is a world of pain. It’s a sort of “banana on a fishing line” type of experience where you get fame instead of money and high taxes instead of a lasting position in culture. That said, I had an incredible time and met many people who I still consider great friends today. (It was nice to know how many people were pooping while looking at my face in one of millions of Urban Outfitter catalogues!)
PONYBOY: You’re also a musician in a band called Shining Mirrors. Tell us about this project.
LYLE LODWICK: Yes! I play Bass in Shining Mirrors! It’s a rock ‘n’ roll band. It’s three of us, so decisions are easy to make democratically. We take our time, so things turn out right. On April 21st we self-released four new songs on our Soundcloud. (https://soundcloud.com/shiningmirrors …shiningmirrors.tv)
PONYBOY: Has music always been your passion?
LYLE LODWICK: Yes, music has always been my passion. And I can only measure it as increasing over the years, from collecting my own vinyl, taking up guitar and starting my first band. The first time I was able to separate all of the individual instruments playing in a song was incredible, as well as listening to a song over and over again, and listening to each part individually. I thoroughly enjoy throwing concerts, which gives people a place to come together, by expressing themselves musically or in dance.
PONYBOY: Who are your musical influences?
LYLE LODWICK: My influences are pretty diverse. I share a birthday with David Bowie and Elvis Presley, so those two were there from the start of my life, with an emphasis on Elvis in my early years, and Bowie later on. The Beatles, The Slickee Boys, Steely Dan, The Talking Heads, The Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Aloha, Cake, Donny Hathaway, The Spinto Band, LCD Soundsystem, Frank Zappa. et all.
PONYBOY: What’s in store for you in the future? Do you still plan to model or are you anticipating that music will be your main focus?
LYLE LODWICK: Music will always be my main focus. Modeling is about making money, not being a style icon or influencing others. If there’s money on the table, I guess I’ll be modeling! I’m moving to LA in fifty days, and am so ready for a change of pace after eight years in New York. I’m not sure Los Angeles is the answer, most likely I’ll have more questions.
Our men’s vintage sweater editorial was inspired by the cool and casual style of John F. Kennedy. JFK spent his down time at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port sailing and playing touch football with family members. His style was always traditional and effortless. We booked male model Dutty Wruck from Adam Models NY to play our East Coast bred Kennedy. Dutty has the classic good looks to fit the bill. Our stylist Xina Giatas put Dutty in vintage sweaters, preppy loafers with no socks, and the necessary Ray Ban sunglasses. Men’s groomer Walton Nunez gave Dutty a traditional pompadour, and we let it fall in the wind for a just jumped off the sailboat look.
Ponyboy photographed male model Reid Rohling for our men’s editorial “On The Waterfront.” Reid, a newcomer to the modeling world, recently signed with Fusion Models New York. This nineteen year old blonde haired, blue eyed Minnesota bred transplant is sure to take the European and New York runways by storm with his editorial looks and lean frame. Our stylist, Jules Wood, decked Reid out in nautical themed clothing, our inspiration being Plein Soleil, which was the original film version of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel. the 1960 French film was directed by René Clément and starred Alain Delon as Tom Ripley. Key pieces for this men’s editorial included designs from John Varvatos and Black Gold Diesel.
Ben Stift, a 6’3″ Hungarian male model, who is only 18 and making his way all over the world. Ben’s agencies include Fusion Models NY and Bananas in Paris. Walking for the big houses including Dior, Jil Sander, Moschino, and Dries Van Noten, Ponboy first photographed Ben backstage at the Duckie Brown show AW 2014. We felt he was perfect for our men’s vintage pullover editorial, with his long lanky looks and youthful appearance. And, of course, we had to have our favorite hair guru, Michael Duenas from the Cloutier Remix agency, groom Ben for this story using Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Aqua Slide. Michael stated “I was able to give Ben Stift the perfect high shine, pliable look with this amazing product”.
Our men’s editorial features professional surfer/model Luke Ditella from Click Models New York. We were pleased to feature Luke, and his rugged good-looks worked so well for this story.
The Pendleton Woolen Mills, located in Oregon, originally began with the production of wool blankets. In 1929, they began making men’s outdoorsmen clothing. However, during World War II, Pendleton stopped producing clothing to support the war effort. At the end of the war, Pendleton resumed with the manufacturing of clothing and shifted away from the workwear aesthetic to the 1950’s mentality of casual weekend wear. The brand has experienced a well deserved revival. To this day, the shirt remains a classic affordable staple in many men’s wardrobes.
Finally, Spring is here! And on that note, enter the classic stripe t-shirt. The styles that our fashion editor Maria Ayala found were both traditional and updated stripes, which she paired with classic 501 button-fly Levi’s — the perfect Spring look. And we also found the perfect classic model in the 22 year old Australian export, Stirling Caiulo. Stirling is with Fusion Models NY, and has walked for many top houses including Tom Ford, Fendi and John Varvatos.